This is one of Len Deighton’s classic cookstrips, the series that ran for two years ‘The Action Cookbook’ is the perfect mix of these two passions, created for the. Long before he became one of the 20th century’s leading thriller writers, Len Deighton was a top food writer. His famous “cookstrips”. Action Cook Book has 56 ratings and 8 reviews. Lee said: I was surprised and intrigued to see this book listed in The Guardian’s ’50 Best Cookbooks of Al.

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Following the success of his first novels, Deighton became The Observer’s cookery writer and produced illustrated cookbooks. Mike Gloady rated it really liked it May 10, Action Cook Book by Len Deighton. The simplest way of cooking meat is to put it in the oven, where radiant heat dries the moisture as it comes to the surface of the meat.

Compiled partly from his ‘ cookstrips ‘ in a popular English broadsheet he shows how to prepare and cook a variety of meals for those who aspire to more than bacon and eggs!

The panels are beautifully done and provide a bit adtion levity to the serious art of gastronomy. The strips cover a lot of English-sourced recipes that complement his later French recipe collection.

Deighton leaves nothing uncovered; on the endpapers are traditional butcher’s illustration showing the different cuts of meat possible from cows, calves, lamb and pork. This is the only cookbook I read as a kid and liked. Ben Aaronovitch rated it it was amazing Jun 07, Adrian Biles rated it really liked it Mar 29, Goodreads helps you le track of books you want to read. Views Read Edit View history.

Len Deighton’s Action Cook Book is a collection of cookery strips known as a cookstripan invention of Len Deighton ‘s from his days as a student at the Royal College of Art originally published in the Observer newspaper, with additional information and notes. Nov 10, DeCarabas rated it it was amazing Shelves: The following year Dookbook Stirling would be dookbook substantial damages in libel from the article.


Unusual for a cookbook, a kind of hyper-male attitude designed to appeal to his male audience.

Well, really, all of his works, whether they’re explicit about it or not, are gastronomically oriented. Sample text ‘All meat contains moisture, and the retention of this moisture means the retention of flavour. Tuesday, November 16, Len Deighton: A recent Daily Telegraph interview noted: Deighton before The Ipcress File. ciokbook

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All content c Rob Mallows unless otherwise stated. Nick rated it liked it Mar 03, Dec 03, Jen Kelly added it. Where does one even buy calves’ brains?

This equates to Hardcoverpages. A taste of the action: That last bit is something of a clue as to the tone of the book as a whole – it’s aimed squarely at bachelors who might want to impress the ladies with their cooking skills as the cover image also suggests although, obviously, anyone first embarking on culinary adventures might find something to gain from the text.

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Jun 10, Neil marked it as to-read Shelves: Nick Weeks rated it liked it Feb 07, Possibly the most useful and hilarious cookbook ever. After leaving school, Deighton worked as a railway clerk before performing his National Service, which he spent as a photographer for the Royal Air Force’s Special Investigation Branch.

This is one coookbook Len Deighton’s classic cookstrips, the series that ran for two years when he was the Observer food writer. Before he began his writing career he worked as an illustrator in New York and, inas an art director in lne London advertising agency.

Len Deighton’s cult Sixties’ cookbook is back. Eighty original recipes from the series Deighton produced for The Observer newspaper between and are reproduced in this, his most famous – and revolutionary – cookbook.


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Before that, he had cookbook had a short career as a graphic illustrator and his columns took the form of graphic panels like this one: Jon Moore rated it it was amazing May 21, Kalkino rated it it was amazing Jul 22, Surprised because I only knew Len Deighton as the author of trashy thrillers and intrigued because I then learnt that he had once been a food writer for The Cookbooo before becoming a successful novelist in the mid-sixties.

Djonski rated it it was amazing Dec 10, The Bachelor Food The Quick Cook chapter helpfully eases you in, and once all the basics have been covered for us clueless newbies, then there is the bulk of the book, the “action cook strips” themselves, full of recipes and helpful commentary on foods that I don My god. One thing I love is his nothing-fancy, just-the-facts prose.

Stephen Evans rated it it was amazing Jul 01, He worked for Playboy a lot before the novels took off, and it shows. Aimed at “an audience of men unskilled at knowing their way around the kitchen”[1] the book has been described as a cult classic from the period and helped pave the transition from cooking being only for women, into bring a sophisticated expectation of a modern man.

Cory Hazlehurst rated it it was amazing Sep 10, Harry Palmer made a mean omelet. Alan Rosenblatt rated it it was amazing Mar 22, Borscht from the Cook Strip Cookbook — click to enlarge.